Pompeo Threatens to Target ‘Corrupt’ ICC Over Israel, U.S. War Crime Probes

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the Trump administration would soon release a series of announcements against the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Pompeo’s announcement comes against the backdrop of ICC investigation against the United States for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and pre-trial procedures against Israel and Hamas.    

Speaking in an American Enterprise Institute podcast, Pompeo said that “You’ll see in the coming days a series of announcements not just from the State Department, from all across the United States government that attempt to push back against what the ICC is up to.”

Pompeo added that “The ICC and the world will see that we are determined to prevent having Americans and our friends and allies in Israel and elsewhere hauled in by this corrupt ICC.”

Pompeo’s remarks join previous statements by the Trump administration following the ICC’s decision to investigate alleged war crimes of American troops in Afghanistan.

About two weeks ago, Pompeo arrived in Israel for a lightning visit that he said will focus on Iran, the plan to annex the settlements, the joint battle against the coronavirus and other regional issues.

Following Pompeo’s visit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the ICC investigation against Israel constitutes a strategic threat to the Jewish State.